Homemade Dish Soap

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Homemade Dish Soap - A Frugal Recipe

Homemade dish soap can be made rather inexpensively, depending on whether you use standard or natural dish soap recipes. Learn how to make dish soap using homemade cleaner recipes.

There are two main reasons to make your own cleaning supplies. The first is simply to save money. The second is to know exactly what ingredients are in your dish soap recipes.

Our first frugal recipe for homemade dish soap is very inexpensive. You'll need:
  • Recycled Dish Soap Bottle
  • 2 c Hot Water
  • 2 tbsp Clear Shampoo (I bought mine at the dollar store)
  • 1 tbsp Borax (found in your laundry aisle at Walmart)
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • Here's how you make it. Combine the water, shampoo, borax, and baking soda in a bowl. Stir to dissolve the powders. Add the white vinegar. You'll probably see some bubbles as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda. That's pretty normal. Stir it all up!

    I like to add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to make it smell good, but this is optional.

    Use a funnel and pour into your dish soap bottle. That's it!

    When you go to use it, keep in mind that it won't bubble as much as regular store-bought detergents. And make sure you shake the bottle before use.

    While I really like this homemade dish soap recipe, and how very frugal it is, I cannot help but wonder about the chemicals in the shampoo. If this is a concern of yours, and you have been using expensive alternative dish soap products that sell for upwards of $4 a bottle at health food stores, you're going to love this next recipe.

    What's the difference in the dish soap recipes? The difference mainly lies in the use of castile soap. It is more expensive than the clear shampoo in the first recipe, and may be a little more difficult to find. I got mine at Whole Foods but you can buy it on Amazon as well. Even though you'll spend a little more on the castile soap, it has many uses, and it's a lot cheaper than the prepackaged green dishsoap.

    Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 cup liquid castile soap
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Add in your essential oil. Using a funnel, pour into a recycled dish soap bottle. That's it! Again, you'll want to shake before use. You can easily double this recipe if you have a larger dish soap bottle to fill.

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